Michael Fremer  |  Jun 03, 2019  |  First Published: Mar 03, 2005  |  4 comments
van den Hul Grasshopper Condor Gold (Photo: Michael Fremer)

On November 17, 2004, Shure Brothers announced the discontinuation of its legendary V15VxMR moving-magnet phono cartridge, bringing to a close 40 years of V15 cartridges, beginning with the original V15, introduced in 1964 at the then-outrageous price of $62.50.

Malachi Lui  |  May 25, 2019  |  14 comments
Following a turbulent decade battling personal demons in the 1950s, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon had mostly faded from the jazz scene by the end of that decade; after all, he only recorded three sessions (two of which he led) in the second half of it. By 1961, however, he began a successful relationship with Blue Note that commenced that year with Doin’ Allright. The Los Angeles-native moved back to New York City for the third time, got rediscovered by jazz listeners, and led a quintet on this album that included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, George Tucker on Bass, and Al Harewood on drums.

Michael Fremer  |  May 21, 2019  |  30 comments
ADDITIONAL NOTE: MY APPEAL WAS REJECTED. THEREFORE, BECAUSE THERE'S 11 SECONDS OF AC/DC PLAYING ON A TURNTABLE IN A ROOM, IF I DO NOT REMOVE THE 11 SECONDS OF THAT MUSIC, THE VIDEO WILL BE BLOCKED. I'M IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THAT, BUT WHAT A LAME MOVE BY SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT! Note:This video was initially blocked by a company called SME, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the turntable and tone arm company SME. This SME is a music publisher related company that trolls the Internet looking for horrible transgressions such as on this video that uses 11.2 seconds of AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long", which was playing on a turntable in a room I visited at High End Munich. The idiocy of this blockage, especially based on 11.2 seconds of incidental background music at a hi-fi show that encourages people to purchase physical media, should be self-evident but as is usual in the music business, an ax is used here instead of a scalpel. Idiots! I am still overseas, but have been told it's been restored while I appeal the copyright strike.

. With just about every new turntable at High End Munich covered, Days 3 and 4 were times to slow down, visit more rooms and have a few record cleaning adventures. Coverage is not finished though. There will be another video coming that you might enjoy.

Michael Fremer  |  May 20, 2019  |  13 comments
Day two at High End Munich 2019 brought consumer crowds to the show, adding excitement and a great deal of noise. The video highlights many more new turntables, phono preamps and record cleaning devices and even one useful digital product for those who also play SACDs, DVD-As and Blu-ray music discs.

Michael Fremer  |  May 20, 2019  |  1 comments
SAT presents the new XD1 Record Player System in the U.S. at an exclusive event on June 1st from 12pm-6pm at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA. SAT's designer and founder, Marc Gomez, will go through the design and development of his latest CF1 and LM series of arms and explain the differences between them and the original SAT Pickup Arm. Gomez will also show the technical details about the XD1, explaining how a compact and minimalistic design can produce such a grand and effortless sound.

Michael Fremer  |  May 20, 2019  |  0 comments
Saturday, June 1, 2019: Doug White, of The Voice That Is, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Area Audio Group and the New Jersey Audio Society, hosts a vinyl event featuring Vertere Acoustics and Touraj Moghaddam, Designer.

Michael Fremer  |  May 17, 2019  |  2 comments
The first bi-annual Blue Note Review may have been a somewhat tentative and ill-focused project as label head Don Was worked to re-establish with a younger generation the Blue Note brand identity and “community”, yet few who purchased were disappointed (the set sold-out) other than in the digitally mastered Blue Mitchell album and its grade B jacket.

Michael Fremer  |  May 17, 2019  |  4 comments
Vertere Dynamic Groove "plug'n'play" turntable
Yes, the megabuck turntables and other costly products get the most attention, but the introduction of the Vertere Dynamic Groove turntable, a circa $4000 "plug'n'play" design from Vertere struck me among the most significant debuts at High End Munich 2019.

Michael Fremer  |  May 15, 2019  |  11 comments
Vertere DG-1 (photo: Michael Fremer)
The days are over of aimlessly wandering around the MOC searching for turntables and other analog accouterments. This almost two hour video covers just what I saw on opening day (press day) at High End Munich 2019! And it's not padded with "drive by" footage.

Michael Fremer  |  May 08, 2019  |  18 comments
This has been an incredible week of traveling around Europe visiting audio and vinyl manufacturers and losing my luggage twice.